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Remembering Skip Haynes

Posted: October 5, 2017

Author: Jonathan Hoenig

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Jonathan Hoenig and Skip Haynes (2015)

In 2015 I was fortunate enough to meet and spend some time with Skip Haynes, the musician and artist best known for the iconic song Lake Shore Drive. His band, Aliotta Haynes and Jeremiah, formed in Chicago in 1970 and were a stable of the folk/rock scene for years.

At our lunch, held atop the John Hancock Tower overlooking the real Lake Shore Drive, Skip exhumed a love of music, artistry and his accomplishments. He marveled at the song’s staying power and meaning to so many people, including myself.

Skip passed away peacefully this week. We will remember him always.

Skip Haynes (1947-2017)

Lake Shore Drive (Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah, 1971)


  1. Kathleen Lee

    It brought a tear to my eye. I was living on Lakeshore drive from July 4, 2014 to July 2015. I was taking care of my best friend who was passing away from glioblastoma. I love Lakeshore Drive and I love Chicago. Thank you for this song! RIP

    • Jonathan Hoenig

      Thank you for sharing this memory. I have always found the song makes me tear up too! It is melodic, truly beautifully performed and so meaningful to those of us who either know the city or know its spirit. It also makes me reflect on so many memories, the trip taken in the song, the youthful optimism. I talked with Skip at great length about just that, how the song convoys a joyousness combined with a quiet solemn holiness: of the lake, the drive, the city… and yourself. Hope to share some more stories (and photos) of him in the future.

      I think the song is a true, TRUE classic.

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